There are many automated encryption systems that are on or available 24/7 for data and voice. Apple and Google just make convenient targets because they are well known to the population, and the tyrants who would sway them.
It would make me ecstatic to believe that Obama was the responsible individual. That this went back only as far as his administration.
But as an example, the NY Times secretly knew at least a year before Bush 43's second election that the Bush was collecting information in bulk without warrants. And there is good reason to believe that it went back further to at least Clinton's time, and likely before it.
The USTR is laying the ground work for saying that you don't own what you create. Right now they are saying that you have no right to give away what you develop. Which means that you don't really own it.
The next step will be the loss of the ability to sell what you create when a company with a larger legal army claims that it can make a greater profit than you can.
After that it will take the equivalent of a DMCA take down notice to declare that you have no right to what you created.
We now have candidates who wish to use the US military and the FBI against law abiding citizens,most particularly to delve int the reproductive organs of half the population. If that isn't terrorism then I don't know what is.
An introductory course in computability might be useful for all these la la land ideas, though I have little reason to believe that it would be neither be taken nor understood.
Over the past two and a half centuries more than almost a million died for the principles of the Constitution. Are we going to throw it away on some elected official who has an "idea (poor thing it must be lonely)?"
Re: DHS Head Jeh Johnson Recognizes The Privacy/Security Tradeoff, But Seems Unlikely To Make The First Concession
Prisons are run by the inmates, not the putative guards and wardens. They are notoriously porous to contraband such as guns, drugs, cell phones and sex. As well as "home" built weapons like shivs, crossbows and more.
Laws are meant to control the law abiding, not the criminals.
I never claimed the judge was taking anything in return. Nor did I make any statement with regard to this particular case. Only that gag orders in general are becoming rather excessive. They are being used to hide behavior on the part of the dependent and/or the prosecutor.
The Judicial branch above all others must be transparent. Yet there are apparently secret courts, secret laws, secret trials, secret punishments in secret prisons. Claims of missing docket numbers. These are not acceptable in a free society.
I don't think that is a concern of the cops. They are more likely to be interested in trying to determine just how much of the loot they can keep for themselves without attracting attention, or the wrath of the DA.